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Ten Habits of Unsuccessful Wedding Organizer

Enlisting an occasion organizer has quit as the best choice for any event. They will handle the whole game plans and make all the essential courses of action according to your financial plan. You can even contract an organizer from … Continue reading

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Romantic London Hotels with Five-Star Room Service

If you are planning your honeymoon in London, you have to make sure that you stay in one of the best hotels in London. There are many options from which you can choose, but one of the best hotels is … Continue reading

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10 Things to Know Before Planning a Sustainable Event

If you are planning, an event there should be certain things that you should take into consideration before you decide to plan an event. Here are certain things that should be given a thought to. 1. Environment safety is important- … Continue reading

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London at its best for historical monuments

London has always been a part for a perfect destination for holidays. It has many major attractions for tourist. History is probably the main reason that people visit London; you would find some story in every streets and corner or … Continue reading

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You can now book the best meeting rooms in London

Are you searching for the best meeting rooms in the hotels in London? Do you want to know more about the hotel rooms in London that can be used for the business meetings and conferences? There are usually a hundred … Continue reading

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Week End Break In London City

It is an ethnically different town and comprises a blend of population of Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Sikhs along with many others who speak above three hundred languages here. It is moreover seen as an educational center of … Continue reading

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Looking for a wedding venue?? Find them in London Hotels

A wedding is a crucial time and a crucial day of the couple getting in the holy sacrament of matrimony. There is a huge amount of consideration that goes into the various aspects of a wedding and the most important … Continue reading

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Watch the best movies in Netflix UK this holiday season

The top ten movies to watch this holiday season on Netflix are mentioned as follows: Nick Offermen (American Ham): This movie is features a number of humorous jokes about woodworking and the standup special by the Parks and Rec has … Continue reading

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The Apple store at Regent Street: Best place for technology lovers

Regent Steet in Mayfair, London, is among the most popular shopping streets with locals and tourists alike. It can offer you and your entire family with an enjoyable shopping experience. It is home to stores such as the UK Apple … Continue reading

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Visit London in snowy winters

There are many different places in the world that offer a lot of fun in winters and one such place is the city of London. This city becomes more lively and bustling in winters unlike other cities in the world. … Continue reading

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Avail exclusive offers at The Montcalm London Hotel

If you are planning a getaway in London, there are many things that you need to keep into consideration. First and foremost, you will have to start by outlining your travel plan. Look right for the dates of your entire … Continue reading

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National Portrait Gallery to pay homage to Audrey Hepburn

She was one of the world’s most famous actresses and humanitarians whose images can often be found printed upon various goods in many high street shops. However, in 2015 we will have the opportunity to see Audrey Hepburn in a different and unique light thanks to a new exhibition which is opening.

From July 2nd until October 18th 2015, fans of the Funny Face and Breakfast at Tiffany’s star are very much advised to pay a visit to Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery. It will celebrate the Belgium-born British actress’ coveted film career, which saw her receive the Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award for her performance in the charming Roman Holiday.

As well as her iconic career, the exhibition will feature some photographs from her personal life, which include her early days as a chorus girl working in London’s West End alongside her humanitarian work that Ms Hepburn was very much celebrated for towards the end of her life.

There will be more than sixty images on show for all to see at the National Portrait Gallery, from some of the classic photographs which we are all familiar with that graced magazine covers, to film stills from the likes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to some of the more personal and rarely seen images

Photographers exhibited will include Cecil Beaton, Norman Park, Angus McBean and Richard Avedon, with highlights including an image of Ms Hepburn in her dressing room while starring in Gigi on Broadway, as well as a variety taken by Mark Shaw during the filming of Sabrina in 1953 when he was given exclusive access to the set.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon why not consider staying at the Montcalm London Marble Arch?

 

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Things to check before booking a hotel room

When going on a break to London, there are so many things to get excited about – from the amazing sights you will see, the wide variety of cuisines you will sample in the capital’s many restaurants as well as the memories you will make. At the end of a long day shopping and catching as many historical and cultural sites as possible, you will undoubtedly appreciate just how much a great hotel room is needed.

Being able to lay down every night in a comfortable, freshly changed bed is the perfect way to refresh and it is always that little bit better when you know that you don’t have to change the sheets yourself the next morning. And let’s not get started on having a mini bar as well as tea and coffee to hand in your room….

Here we have some tips on things to check before booking a hotel room in London to make your trip all the more luxurious and fun.

What is the location?

When looking for a hotel room to stay in during your trip, the location is one of the most important things to look at. After all, on a city break to London you don’t really want to be miles out of the city centre and having to squeeze on to trains with commuters making their daily journey.

If you have planned an itinerary for your trip which includes a mix of shopping on Oxford Street, a walk along the Thames and the Houses of Parliament as well as a visit to see The Queen at Buckingham Palace (disclaimer: we can’t guarantee you will actually see the Monarch herself), then staying in the Marble Arch area is absolutely perfect.

Not only are you literally minutes away from Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall as well as the many museums of South Kensington are merely a leisurely walk away. If the weather calls for it, a 40 minute stroll will find you at the Thames and we strongly advise considering walking as you will get to see so many wonderful parts of London that you may miss should you travel underground or by bus.

Dates

If you are heading to London to experience a concert or theatre production at one of the city’s many venues, or perhaps an exhibition at a world class gallery, then it is really important to check that the dates match with the hotel you wish to stay in.

Should you decide that you would like to stay in a particular area or at a specific hotel yet the suite or room you wished for is unavailable at a set time, why not see if the event you are attending has other dates in which you can purchase tickets for. This way you can have the luxurious stay that you wished for and experience the event also.

Food

When booking a hotel, make sure that you are well aware about the food services on offer. From room service, to bars and restaurants, it is important to know what to expect, especially as after a tiring day taking in the wonderful sights of the capital, chance are that you will want to come back to a hot, delicious meal. Or, should you go out for a few evening drinks, a midnight snack may be on the agenda.

One particularly-British experience is Afternoon Tea, and if you happen to stay at the Montcalm London Marble Arch, it is highly recommended that you reserve a spot for yourself and whoever you are visiting with. From a beautiful tiered cake stand filled with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, along with loose teas, it is an absolute must when staying in London.

Check-in and check-out

Before booking your hotel, make sure that you know what time check-in and check-out is. It is important to be aware of this as if you are planning on booking specific events or tours on your arrival or departure date, you will need to bear this in mind.

Added extras

Depending on the type of break you are after, a hotel with a spa can be very rewarding – after all, who doesn’t want to have a calming swim followed by a luxurious facial when given the option? If you are partaking in a fitness regime, then a hotel with a gym is a must also and make sure that the establishment can cater to all of these needs before booking.

For a hotel which matches all of these requirements, head to the Montcalm London Marble Arch.

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Start the New Year in London

New Years Eve is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year when everyone gets together with their loved ones to countdown to midnight while fireworks fill the night sky.

While most people will have their plans already sorted for December 31st, it seems that New Years Day can often be forgotten about. Perhaps it is because many will be spending most of the morning in bed trying to fight off the tiredness from staying up to the early hours with a few glasses of champagne.

But January 1st marks the start of the new year and what better way is there to start 2015 than with a day spent in London taking in the sights and experiencing what makes our capital one of the greatest cities in the world.

New Year’s Day Parade

Make sure to head towards Piccadilly at midday for the 29th annual London’s New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP). The parade follows a route through to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street, where it finishes at 15.30GMT.

Even if you don’t want to follow the parade for the full three and a half hours, it is well worth catching some of it as the parade itself has become one of the city’s best loved traditions. Around 10,000 performers from all over the world gather to fill the streets with cheerleading, dancing and music.

Visit a gallery or museum

Believe it or not, most of the art galleries and museums in the capital are open on New Year’s Day and it can be one of the best days to visit them, especially if most people are spending the day relaxing after the night before.

From the National Portrait Gallery, to the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Britain, spending a day looking through some of the most famous galleries in the world can be the perfect way to start the year.

When it comes to museums, the Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum and the Natural History Museum are just some of those that are open.

To make your New Year's trip to London even better, make sure to stay at one of the Montcalm Luxury Hotels.

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The Railway Children will be arriving in London this month

The Railway Children is one of the greatest stories to have stood the test of time, having been serialised by E Nesbit in The London Magazine in 1905, before being published as a children’s book the following year in 1906.

It tells the story of three children named Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis who move to a house close to a railway station in Yorkshire with their mother after their father is falsely accused of being a spy. Here, they befriend a railway porter and embark on a wonderful journey filled with adventure and discovery.

The stage production of The Railway Children was originally staged by the York Theatre Royal alongside the city’s National Railway Museum in 2008, and it enjoyed immense success during a two year run in the city.

From December 16th, the Olivier Award winning production, which is directed by Damian Cruden, will be arriving into London’s Kings Cross Station to a purpose built theatre to bring the timeless story back to life.

The 1,000-seat venue in one of the world’s most famous stations, will include railway tracks and platforms that have been built especially around a 60 tonne vintage locomotive for this particular production. In fact, it is the same train that was used when the production enjoyed a run in Toronto, Canada and was designed by William Adams, being constructed between 1892-1893.

The Railway Children will see Downton Abbey star Jeremy Swift take on the role of Mr Perks, while Caroline Harker will be reprising her role as the mother. The children will be played by Louise Calf, Jack Hardwick and Serena Manteghi.

Making this production even more special is the fact that £1 from each ticket purchased goes towards supporting the Railway Children Charity which aims to help homeless children throughout the world.

The Railway Children is now booking up until March 1st, with the preview arriving on December 16th.

To make your stay in London even better, why not try one of the Montcalm Luxury Hotels?

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Alice’s Adventures Underground: Jump down the rabbit hole this spring!

Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

Alice: “I don't much care where.”

Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.”

Lewis Carroll fans visiting London this spring will certainly not be facing the same dilemma Alice was contending with during her time in Wonderland – as they’ll know exactly where they want to go!

Indeed, in a fantastical celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, theatre company Les Enfants Terrible is staging a theatrical experience encompassing storytelling, live music, puppetry, circus and spectacle. 

Attendees at the once-in-a-lifetime Alice’s Adventures Underground are invited down the rabbit hole to face Alice’s iconic choice: EAT ME or DRINK ME. The decision they make will affect the way their show unfolds. 

The experience includes more than 20 individual rooms, a huge tea table that can seat around 60 guests, an original soundtrack and three bars, including a VIP bar for premium ticket holders.

Alice fans will also be subject to projections and potions, portraying the disorientating rabbit hole that kicks off Alice’s adventure, a hazy caterpillar lair, the murderous Red Queen, the smug Cheshire cat and – of course – plenty of tea.

Carroll’s protagonist may not have been successful in her bid for wine while attending the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – “we don’t have any and you’re too young”, he admonished her – but guests are encouraged to live it up in the ‘Queen’s Garden’ bar until the small hours. This bar will be located in the Wonderland world, boasting its own cast and installations, including flamingo croquet and a hedge maze. 

In addition to the above, Alice’s Adventures Underground is to host The Wonderland Sessions, which will be put on by a series of companies and speakers. This will comprise a multi-art exploration of the work and performances – all inspired by Carroll’s original book. Works will range from readings and screenings to live music and choreography. 

For those eager to jump down the rabbit hole, Alice’s Adventures Underground will be staged in the historic vaults located underneath Waterloo station from April 9th until May 31st. 

Why not make a full weekend of it and book to stay at one of the top hotels in London?

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Experience the premiere of Titanic Live in London

Titanic is undoubtedly one of the most famous and loved films of all time and the soundtrack to it is very much a part of its success. After all, who can forget Celine Dion’s contribution, ‘My Heart Will Go On’, or the scene in which the orchestra begins playing for the panicked passengers while the doomed ship continues to sink.

In fact, Titanic won 11 Academy Awards including the Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Song and Dramatic Score.

It is perhaps no surprise then that Titanic Live has been created, with its premiere being held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, featuring a very special guest composer as James Horner will be taking to the famous stage.

As the actual conductor for the film’s soundtrack, Horner will be bringing his score back to life as he conducts the phenomenal Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Tiffin Boys Choir and Celtic musicians for the audience. All the while, the 1997 film will be projected on to a huge screen in high definition.

Making the occasion even more exciting is the fact that this production, which takes place on April 27th 2015, will be the world premiere of Titanic Live.

Speaking about the event, Horner said: “I am very flattered, and delighted to have been invited to perform the score of Titanic live with orchestra. Usually, putting the music into a film is a highly technical process that the audience never gets a chance to see. By performing the music live with the film, you, the audience, will experience the magic of seeing the live musicians, literally playing the music score as the film runs.”

For those who are planning to attend the musical spectacular, the evening can be made even more special by adding a pre-show hospitality package which includes a two course dinner at the Royal Albert Hall’s Coda restaurant, as well as a glass of champagne on arrival and half a bottle of wine and water per person. Those who opt for this package will also get a Premium Stalls seat so that they can really enjoy Titanic Live with a fantastic view.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay after Titanic Live, the Montcalm London Marble Arch is only a short distance from the Royal Albert Hall.

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